City Councilor Guilty Of Theft 24 Oct 11

A woman who was publicly calling for the suspension of the Danube police chief for alleged wrongdoing was at the same time using her position as a city council member to steal rent checks written to the city. 59-year-old Sharon Lothert pleaded guilty to felony theft and misconduct by a public official on Friday. Lothert was on the Danube City Council and was president of the city economic development agency when she allegedly deposited some checks to the city into her personal account. City officials estimate that about $20,000 was taken from August of 2009 to December 2010. Lothert resigned from the Danube City Council earlier this year and moved out of the community. The allegations that the police chief misused funds were eventually dismissed.